The Dunlendings are the people of Dunland, a proud and wild race of Men who are the ancient enemies of the Rohirrim. A collection of rustic tribes, the Dunlendings bear a grudge against the people of Rohan due to their being granted the Gondorian province of Calenardhon, a land much desired by the Dunlendings.
Although they are mistrustful of other peoples, the Dunlendings are in fact distantly related to the Dúnedain, having descended from the Haladin, one of the three Houses of the Edain in the First Age. Other descendants of this house include the Men of Bree, the folk of Enedwaith, and the Men of the White Mountains who would later become the Oathbreaker shades of the Paths of the Dead.
Within Dunland, there are several different Clans:
- Avanc-lûth (Lizard-Clan
- Caru-lûth (Stag-Clan)
- Draig-lûth (Dragon-Clan)
- Hebog-lûth (Falcon-Clan)
- Turch-lûth (Boar-Clan)
- Uch-lûth (Ox-Clan)
There are also the Dievlig (The Accursed), outcast oathbreakers who have fallen to banditry.
Some are friendly (or at least begrudgingly tolerant) to travelers, while others are openly aggressive. Additionally, the Algraig of Enedwaith are an offshoot of the Dunlendings, having been cast out of their original clan.
A turbulent people, the Dunlendings are for the most part herders and hunters who jealously guard their independence and often raid the lands of their kinsmen. Strife is the rule in Dunland, which is just as well, for the neighboring folk fear the unification of the warlike Dunmen. This is particularly true of the Men of Calenardhon (Rohan), the Dunlendings' oldest and most challenging enemies.
In the late Third Age, the Dunlendings' hatred of Rohan has been manipulated by the Wizard Saruman. Many have sworn an oath to the White Wizard and fight in his employ, on the promise that the conquered realm of Rohan will be theirs. As such, Dunlendings can also be found wandering in other lands such as Eregion and Enedwaith, serving as foot soldiers of the White Hand. However, not all of the Dunlendish tribes are united and their corrupted clan leaders do not always represent the will of their people.
- "The Dunlendings strive ever to rise and oppress the Free Peoples, for injuries of old have been stirred up in recent tumultuous events."
It has been theorized that the rivalry of the Rohirrim and the Dunlendings was meant by Tolkien to reflect the historical conflict between the Anglo-Saxons and the native Celts of ancient Britain. As such, the game designers for The Lord of the Rings Online have given Dunland and its people a Welsh/Celtic influence.
|Settlements, Areas and Landmarks of Gap of Rohan
|Areas:||Wulf's Cleft • Isendale • Heathfells|
|Settlements:||Grimbold's Camp • Forthbrond|
|Landmarks:||Âthdâr • Brôntrig • Cuvnerth • Dol Baran • The Pit of Iron • River-watch • The River Isen • Slave Stockades • The Smelters • The Sprawling Dark • The Underworkings|
|Regions within the Land of Eriador
|Angmar • Bree-land • Cardolan • Dunland • Enedwaith • Ered Luin • Eregion • Ettenmoors • Evendim • Forochel • Gap of Rohan • Lone-lands • Misty Mountains • Nan Curunír • North Downs • Swanfleet • The Shire • Trollshaws|